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Supporting AI with 200G InfiniBand AOCs for High-Performance Computing Networks

Posted by Frank Yang on Jul 11, 2023

In the fast-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), the need for robust networking solutions is paramount. As AI applications continue to push boundaries and demand unprecedented levels of performance, the industry has recognized the importance of high-speed and high-performance networking. NVIDIA recently introduced the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD Data Center Reference Design, highlighting the significance of the DGX A100 compute system and 200G InfiniBand HDR switch platform. Join me as we explore the role of 200G InfiniBand Active Optical Cables (AOCs) in the network for AI applications.

The Need for High-Performance Networking in AI Applications:

AI has emerged as a transformative trend with applications across various domains. From autonomous vehicles to medical research, AI relies heavily on high performance computing systems to process vast amounts of data and perform complex calculations. However, to unlock the full potential of AI, a robust and efficient networking infrastructure is essential. This is where high-speed and high-performance networking, such as 200G InfiniBand HDR, comes into play.

The NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD Data Center Reference Design Briefing:

NVIDIA's DGX SuperPOD Data Center Reference Design provides guidance on building optimized data center configurations for AI applications. The design features the use of the powerful DGX A100 system and high density 200G InfiniBand HDR switch platform, acknowledging their capabilities in handling the rigorous demands of AI workloads. With NVIDIA's reference design as a blueprint, organizations can lay the foundation for powerful and efficient AI networks.

The Role of 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs:

To achieve seamless connectivity within high performance computing networks, the use of Active Optical Cables (AOCs) is appropriate. AOCs leverage optical fiber technology to transmit data signals over short reach distances while maintaining high bandwidth and low latency. In the reference cases of 12 to 14 racks/cabinets in a row in the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD leaf-spine design, 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs emerge as the ideal connectivity solution. These AOCs provide the necessary speed, performance, support distance, and cable bundle size to support the massive computational requirements of modern AI algorithms.

The Benefits of 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs:

Approved Networks, a brand of Legrand, offers 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs designed with the capability to power AI and HPC applications. These AOCs deliver high bandwidth, low latency, cost effectiveness, ease of use, and small cable bundle size, ensuring optimal data transmission across the network. With their exceptional performance, 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs enable organizations to leverage the full potential of the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD Data Center Reference Design, unlocking new possibilities in scientific research, data analytics, and AI-driven innovations.

Reliable Connectivity for HPC Networks:

When it comes to HPC networks, reliability is paramount. Approved Networks’ 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs meet the requirements of AI applications. They are designed and tested to ensure stable and consistent connectivity, minimizing the risk of interruptions, and maximizing productivity.

As artificial intelligence continues to push boundaries and drive innovation across industries, the importance of high-performance networking cannot be overstated. OEMs continually strive to enhance high-performance computing systems and switch platforms, enabling robust AI applications. With Approved Networks’ 200G InfiniBand HDR AOCs, organizations unlock the full potential of HPC networks, enjoying seamless connectivity, unmatched bandwidth, and low latency. By embracing these cutting-edge technologies, we set the groundwork for unprecidented advancements in AI.

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Frank Yang
Senior Product Management Leader
Approved Networks
Senior product management leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, product line management, product marketing, I.T. software and hardware engineering.